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Joy Harjo

The first Native American U.S. poet laureate on her new book, An American Sunrise, and the state of poetry

You found your voice as a poet in 1973, a time when a lot of Americans found theirs. How much was that a factor? I didn’t set out to be a writer. I was shy, quiet, and I loved art because I didn’t have to speak with anyone. At one point, my spirit said, “You have to learn how to speak.” I

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